Ellie an African savanna elephant at Lowry Park Zoo

♀ Ellie
Ellie. Lowry Park Zoo 2008. Photo: © Amanda Pippin
Ellie. Lowry Park Zoo 2008. Photo: © Amanda Pippin


SSP nr236


Species:African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 39 years old
Body weight: 3295.45 kg, 7250.00 lbs
Management:Protected contact
Born:* 1982 wild
Birth place:
Capture: 1983
Total: 1 babies

1. Born 2005-10-17 Tamani SSP id: 544
Present / last location:Lowry Park Zoo, in United States

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

2003-04-18Lowry Park Zoo
from Knoxville Zoo
Knoxville Zoo 1998-08-03
from Gulf Breeze Zoo Northwest Florida
Gulf Breeze Zoo Northwest Florida 1986-02-18
from Frank Thompson (Bradenton)
Frank Thompson (Bradenton) 1986-02-18
from Baton Rouge Zoo
Baton Rouge Zoo 1984-08-11
from International Animal Exchange (Ferndale)

Document updated2008-12-20: Source
2009-01-04: Management, Text, Image
2009-10-05: Previous locations, Text
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Ellie is a living Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), located at Lowry Park Zoo, in United States.

Ellie arrived Lowry Park Zoo 2003-04-18, relocated from Knoxville Zoo, in United States.

In Lowry Park Zoo, Ellie lives together with 5 other elephants with records in this database: (detailed list)

  1. Matjeka born 1991
  2. ,
  3. Mavi born 2013-07-29
  4. ,
  5. Mbali born 1989
  6. ,
  7. Mpumi (Mpumelelo) born 2012-12-23
  8. ,
  9. Sdudla born 1990
  10. , (see detailed list).


  1. (M) 2005-10-17 Tamani SSP id: 544


Ellie was born wild 1982, captured 1983 . and imported 1984?

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Eleven elephants were imported from Mkhaya Game Reserve, one of the two protected areas for elephants in Swaziland. The San Diego Zoological Society and Lowry Park Zoo collaborated on the project to capture and import the eleven wild born elephants for a total sum of one million rand, or approximately US$132,000 ($12,000 per specimen). San Diego received 1.6 elephants and Lowry Park received 2.2, transported over the ocean by a 747 jet. The elephants were all named by Swazi game park rangers in the siSwati language.
Lowry Park's four elephants included the two bulls Msholo (pronounced um-show-lo, meaning “the one who appears from nowhere") and Sdudla (stood-luh, translating to “stout or sturdy.”) The two cows were Matjeka (muh-chay-guh, meaning “skewed tusks) and Mbali (um-bahl-ee, translating to “pretty flower.”)
Before the arrival of the four in August 2003, Lowry Park Zoo acquired Ellie, an older cow from the Knoxville Zoo to help the new herd acclimate in their new surroundings. In October 2005, she gave birth to the first elephant in the Floridia zoo's history, impregnated via artificial insemination by a bull from another Florida facility. Three months later in January 2006, Sdudla, was transferred to the Montgomery Zoo to start a third breeding program from the 2003 original imports. There he sired the first two elephant births in the Alabama zoo's history, a female calf born in November 2007 and a stillborn calf in August 2008 which killed the mother. In October 2009, Lowry Park Zoo sent their remaining bull Msholo to the San Diego Wild Animal Park to create a second breeding group at the institution.

When at the Zoo Northwest in Florida Ellie was worked in free contact.
In December 2005, Ellie weighted 7,250 pounds.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Ellie, an African savanna elephant at Lowry Park Zoo in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 23 June 2021 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=905. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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